The 2011 death toll was 47. ODOT is concerned that this year’s number has already beat last year’s when we still have two months left in the year.
“There’s distractions, there’s alcohol use, there’s disregarding the rules of the road on the part of really both drivers and pedestrians. It’s really important that both drivers and pedestrians take responsibility for being safe,” said Don Hamilton, ODOT spokesman.
The year 2009 saw a record number of pedestrian deaths. That’s when more than 60 pedestrians were killed.